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Game and Fish violations tallied for 2018

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s enforcement division has tallied the number of hunting, angling and boating citations for 2018, and failure to carry a license was the No. 1 violation.

Game wardens issued more than 2,400 citations last year, compared to 2,500 in 2017 and 2,300 citations in 2016.

Counties with the most violations were Ramsey with 343, Williams with 227, McKenzie with 202, Burleigh with 107 and Stutsman with 94.

The most common violations and number issued in 2018 were:

• Licensing (622): failure to carry license (347); and hunting/fishing/trapping without proper license (219)

• Fishing (487): exceeding limit (187); aquatic nuisance species violations (86); and excessive lines (78)

• Boating (445): inadequate number of personal flotation devices (214); failure to display boat registration (58); and use of unlicensed/unnumbered boat (52)

• General (263): loaded firearm in vehicle (60); hunting on posted land without permission (54); and littering (42)

• Small game (242): using shotgun capable of holding more than three shells (60); failure to leave identification of sex on game (56); and exceeding limit (17)

• Wildlife management areas/refuge (88): failure to obey posted regulations (50); and possession of glass beverage containers (21)

• Big game (57): tagging violations (21); failure to wear orange (10); and chronic wasting disease violations (10)

• Furbearer (34): shining/using artificial light (8); and illegal possession/taking (6)

Youth grant program applications due in April

Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civic organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist recruitment of the next generation of hunters and shooters.

The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program helps fund about 40 club and organizational events and projects each year, with an average grant of $1,550.

Grant funds help cover event expenses, including promotional printing; event memorabilia such as shirts, caps or vests; ammunition and targets, and eye and ear protection.

Any club or organization interested in conducting a youth hunting or shooting event can get more information, including a grant application, from the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov.

The deadline to apply for a 2019 grant is April 10.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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